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Ama Saran - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Ama Saran Ama Saran

Adjunct Lecturer | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Expert on social change and innovation

Areas of Expertise (1)

Social Work

Industry Expertise (4)

Program Development



Public Policy


Research Articles & Publications (1)

Save 100 Babies©: engaging communities for just and equitable birth outcomes through Photovoice and Appreciative Inquiry. Maternal and child health journal

2014 This paper presents a community engagement model designed to advance social justice and equity for African American birth outcomes through the combined techniques of Photovoice and Appreciative Inquiry. In response to the persistent racial disparities in birth outcomes, Save 100 Babies© was constructed as a 2-day summit where the emphasis was placed on individual and community assets rather than deficits. The engagement was designed to create a level of readiness among individuals working within and outside the field of Maternal and Child Health to envision strategies to attain equitable birth outcomes. The goal of the conference was to facilitate higher level consciousness by guiding the participants though a process aimed at articulating assets, possibilities and the potential for co-creating the desired futures where racial disparities in birth outcome are eliminated [corrected]. As the result of the guided discourse that began with photographs of the lives of African American women, participants articulated the strengths they detected from the pictures, their recommendations for multifaceted changes in policies and practices, and their individual and organizational commitments for a changed future. Since the summit, participants have indicated ways they have fulfilled their vows that include informing families and communities about pregnancy risks, working with youth programs, supporting fatherhood involvement in pregnancy and birth, and advancing case management that is more attuned to women's strengths. Save 100 Babies© is evolving into a network and clearinghouse for sharing and disseminating information and resources for collaboration.

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